Scrooge Movie Review (1951) – It’s Christmas

Scrooge movie review

Scrooge (1951) starring the great Alastair Sim, based on one of best Christmas stories of all time, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. There are many versions of this classic tale but none in my opinion quite capure the mood and atmosphere of the Alastair Sim film. Time for my Scrooge movie review.

  • Scrooge Movie Review (1951 Film) aka A Christmas Carol
  • Produced and Directed By Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
  • Music By Richard Addinsell
  • Starring Alastair Sim ; Mervyn Johns ; Michael Hordern ; George Cole

I’m sure you will see several versions on the television this Christmas such as, A Christmas Carol movie 1984 starring George C Scott is one I watch most years or how about the musical film Scrooge (1970) starring Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge and Alec Guinness as Marley. Or how about one for all the family The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) starring Michael Caine.

For me the Alastair Sim Scrooge film will always be the definitive version, and before we go on make sure you watch the black and white version or if the colour version is on television drain the colour off your tv.

You probably know the story so I won’t go into too much detail other than to say it’s a tale of redemption for Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable miser and of course it’s set at Christmas!

If you don’t know the story I strongly recommend you either read the book or watch the 1951 film being reviewed here.

Alastair Sim elevates this version of Scrooge to another level with a superb performance, and is the perfect Scrooge, along with a great supporting cast. Michael Hordern plays Marley and George Cole plays the young Ebenezer. But let’s not forget another key character that of Bob Cratchit played by Mervyn Johns and he is also my favourite Bob Cratchit from all of the various film versions.

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Conclusion: Scrooge Movie Review

So we have a great cast and great atmosphere, and as I said earlier make sure you are watching the black and white version otherwise it will look like an advert for central heating when Scrooge enters his house.

It nails the atmosphere pefectly going from dark moody scenes to the joyous.  This is achieved in no small part by the fantastic muscial score by Richard Addinsell.

The good news if you are thinking of buying the film is has been digitally restored and is available on Blu-ray.


Improves the viewing experience, and that has to be a truly great thing.

Scrooge / A Christmas Carol BLU-RAY / DVD is available now from Amazon.

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Final Thought: Scrooge (1951)

If you’re after the perfect Christmas movie to watch look no further than Scrooge (1951) and the magnificent Alastair Sim. I highly recommend watching it on Christmas Eve!

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Scrooge (1951) Film Trailer

Have a great Christmas and if you are still not convinced by my recommendation check out the original 1951 trailer…

That just about concludes my Scrooge movie review, the perfect Christmas film, even better on Christmas Eve!  Is this your favourite xmas film?  Who is your favourite Scrooge?  Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.


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Summary: Scrooge (1951) Blu-ray Review
Scrooge movie review

Movie title: Scrooge (1951) aka A Christmas Carol

Movie description: Definitive film version of Charles Dickens fabulous story A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim as miser Ebenezer Scrooge

Duration: 86 mins

Director(s): Brian Desmond Hurst

Actor(s): Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Michael Hordern, George Cole

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Alastair Sim elevates this version of Scrooge to another level with a superb performance, and is the perfect Scrooge.